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Flu vaccine available through department
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The Bryan County Health Department is offering the flu vaccine.

Cost for both the injectable and nasal spray forms is $25. A high-dose flu vaccine also is available for people ages 65 and older; it is designed to provide the best protection for that age group and is $40 per dose.

Neither the flu shot nor the nasal spray can cause the flu. The shot is approved for use in healthy people 6 months of age and older, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women. The nasal spray is approved for use in healthy people 2 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.

“Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against the flu,” said Dr. Diane Weems, chief medical officer for the Bryan County Health Department and Coastal Health District. “The flu can cause mild to serious illness and there is no way to predict how serious it will be in each person. Getting vaccinated is the smart thing to do.”

For more information, call 756-2611 in Richmond Hill or 653-4331 in Pembroke.

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